Adam Campbell

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

As he boarded the flight for South Wales with players he's more accustomed to watching from the stands following his first call-up to the senior squad, tiny teenager Adam Campbell cut a somewhat nervous figure.

But Alan Pardew has told the 17-year-old forward that he has travelled to the Cardiff City Stadium on merit ahead of what could be a senior bow for the lifelong Magpies fan in Saturday's friendly fixture.

The diminutive England youth international is fresh from helping Dave Watson's youngsters reach the final of the Milk Cup - a match Pardew watched from the stands in Northern Ireland - with six goals in five games.

He won the award for the player of the tournament, having picked up the Most Valuable Player prize (previously won by Fernando Torres, Carlos Tevez and Andres Iniesta) at the Manchester United Premier Cup World Finals two years ago, and scored his first goal for the Reserves days after his 16th birthday.

A former Wallsend Boys Club player who joined the club's Academy ten years ago, North Shields-born Campbell supports the Magpies home and away whenever he can - but this time he could be out on the pitch.

And, speaking to nufc.co.uk, Pardew insisted: "Adam's earned the right to come here.

"He was player of the tournament at the Milk Cup and we just thought it would be nice to include him."

Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson again miss out through injury for the 3pm kick-off but Shola Ameobi has recovered from the knock which forced him off against Hartlepool in midweek.